Social Media Star Sir Yacht Explains His Diss of — and His Love for — Lake Erie

When Sir Yacht told nearly 5 million people that Lake Erie is "the worst" of the Great Lakes, we had to call him on it. 

His social media handle is Sir Yacht — and he called Lake Erie “the worst” of all the Great Lakes in a recent video seen by nearly 5 million people. But, instead of unfollowing him, we gave Joey Kinsley (his real name) a call to call him out on his comment. Here’s what Kinsley, who grew up near Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio, had to say. 

About the Video: Posted on TikTok and Instagram, the video showed Kinsley jumping in all five Great Lakes in one day. He ends the video in Buffalo, saying “one more lake and it’s the worst one.”

He Can Explain: “My disses on Lake Erie come from a place of love. I can make fun of Lake Erie, but the moment somebody else does it’s not OK. It’s the same with Ohio for me. We are so blessed to have such an amazing body of water right by us. It Is unbelievable.”

Living on the Lake: “My dream has always been to live on a body of water. I’ve been working for it for a long time. I live in Lakewood now right on the lake. I left my blinds open last night so I could watch the sunrise in the morning.”

His Favorite Run: Kinsley’s favorite route is down Lake Road in Bay Village, Ohio, in the fall, when the lake breeze is just cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt. “I just love to look at all the houses. That run is something I’ve done for a very long time.” 

His Favorite Town: Vermilion, Ohio. “It’s such a cute town and the people are so nice. I just went to dinner there at Chez Francois with my girlfriend.”

What’s Next for Sir Yacht: Kinsley leaves later this month to visit all 50 state capitals in 30 days, with the goal of raising $50,000 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Final Thoughts: “Any chance I can get, I get on the lake. A lot of my humor in my videos is self-deprecating. But my name online is because of my love for Lake Erie. When I tell you that I love that body of water, I mean I love that body of water.”

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